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Hear thought-provoking analysis that guides you to understand today's cultural issues and equips you with the strategies and confidence to have conversations that encourage others to think critically about spirituality, faith and reason, sexuality, gender identity, and the Bible. Challenge your thinking, learn to share your faith with gentleness and respect, and help introduce people to Jesus! Prepared to Answer is here to help prepare, encourage, and equip the church of Jesus Christ to grow in confidence of faith by teaching Christians to think like Jesus. Access more apologetics resources to help you begin understanding life and the world around you with the mind of Jesus: Visit preparedtoanswer.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @preparedtoanswer.

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Hear thought-provoking analysis that guides you to understand today's cultural issues and equips you with the strategies and confidence to have conversations that encourage others to think critically about spirituality, faith and reason, sexuality, gender identity, and the Bible. Challenge your thinking, learn to share your faith with gentleness and respect, and help introduce people to Jesus! Prepared to Answer is here to help prepare, encourage, and equip the church of Jesus Christ to grow in confidence of faith by teaching Christians to think like Jesus. Access more apologetics resources to help you begin understanding life and the world around you with the mind of Jesus: Visit preparedtoanswer.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @preparedtoanswer.

    Is God a Narcissist? Why God’s Demand for Worship Isn’t Selfish

    Is God a Narcissist? Why God’s Demand for Worship Isn’t Selfish

    The first commandment God gave Israel was this: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). And the rest of God’s commands and revelations throughout the Bible are consistent with this. God, and only God, is to be worshipped. Only God can get the glory.

    But the skeptic looks at this and asks: “If anyone else acted the way God acts, we’d call them a narcissist and accuse them of outright selfishness. Isn’t his demand for worship just a sign of selfish egotism?”

    In this episode, Scott and Shawn sit down to talk through this objection, looking to God and his word to answer this challenge against God’s character. Tune in and discover that far from an act of selfishness, God’s command that we worship him only is born from his selfless love.
    📖 Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Kristi Burke’s video, “The Inherent Selfishness of the Biblical God”“What is the Relationship Between Apologetics and Theology?” by Scott Stein on YPTJohn Piper’s response in his book Life as a Vapor“Why Does God Command Us to Worship Him?” by John PiperReflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis⭐  Get access to “So Much More Than Sex” — a video-based Bible Study Series for young adults that is focused on rediscovering God’s eternal purpose for human sexuality.
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    • 41 min
    The Key to Enduring Suffering: Thinking Like Jesus About Pain

    The Key to Enduring Suffering: Thinking Like Jesus About Pain

    No one can escape the reality of pain and suffering, but, as Christians, Jesus actually promised we’d suffer (John 16:33) and face persecutions for his sake (Mark 10:30). Whether it’s experiencing pain because of the brokenness of sin upon the world or hardships due to our loyalty to Jesus, we will all face suffering in this world to one degree or another. So, how do we ensure our faith endures through them?
    In this episode, Scott and Shawn tackle this difficult subject of pain and suffering, but from the standpoint of Jesus’ own experience. Specifically, they probe the Scriptures to see what guided Jesus’ own mind as he journeyed through suffering. What they discover is both inspiring and hopeful.


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    Can Online Church Replace Meeting In Person? [Dechurching Series #4]

    Can Online Church Replace Meeting In Person? [Dechurching Series #4]

    Out of necessity during the global COVID pandemic, most churches in countries with mandated restrictions needed to learn how to “do church” online. But even after COVID, this widespread experience of online church has caused many to ask if doing church online presents Christians with a viable alternative to in-person gathering. Could it be that technology presents us with a new way of doing church in which we gather as the church online?
    In our final episode of our Dechurching Series, Scott and Shawn see if Scripture can shed some light on an answer, and what that answer might be.

    📖 Resources mentioned in this episode:
    “What Is a Local Church?”, by Jonathan Leeman on 9Marks“Is ‘Online Church’ Really Church? The Church as God’s Temple” by Ronald L. Giese on Themelios⭐  Get access to “So Much More Than Sex” — a video-based Bible Study Series for young adults that is focused on rediscovering God’s eternal purpose for human sexuality.
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    • 45 min
    Do Christians Need to Belong to a Church? [Dechurching Series #3]

    Do Christians Need to Belong to a Church? [Dechurching Series #3]

    In this episode, Scott and Shawn dive into the question of whether or not Christians need to belong to a local church. 

    People feel the need to leave church for many reasons. Most often it is because the church, as they’ve experienced it, has not measured up to what they expect it to be. Sometimes this is due to churches not being what the church should be, and sometimes this is due to churches not being what we feel they should be. In either case, this is due to the church not measuring up to an ideal. But maybe part of the problem isn’t the church failing to meet the ideal, but our own vision of what that ideal is. 

    In an era where Christian teaching, worship music, and resources are available to us through so many channels, Scott and Shawn look to the Bible to see if living a Christian life without belonging to an actual church is biblical—or possible! 
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    • 44 min
    The Biblical Church: What to Consider Before Leaving Your Church [Dechurching Series #2]

    The Biblical Church: What to Consider Before Leaving Your Church [Dechurching Series #2]

    The data over the past several years confirms a steady decline in church attendance and participation, even among committed Christians.

     In this episode in our Dechurching series, Scott and Shawn raise awareness about some of the cultural assumptions that may be skewing our perspective about church. For those wondering if being part of a church is necessary, rather than giving reasons for or against, Scott and Shawn take a dive into Scripture to answer a necessary first question: “What is the church?” 

    If you’re thinking of leaving church behind, tune into this episode to learn about the nature of the church and what it really means. This may help you think more clearly about the role church has, and your place in it. 
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    • 57 min
    The Great Decline in Church Attendance: Studying the Trends [Dechurching Series #1]

    The Great Decline in Church Attendance: Studying the Trends [Dechurching Series #1]

    Is the church in Canada disappearing? Data collected by StatsCan  over the past thirty years shows a steady decline in church attendance among Canadians. And the years over COVID accelerated that trend even further. But what is driving this trend? Who are the people foregoing church? And what does this indicate for the future of Christianity in Canada?

    In this episode, Scott and Shawn begin looking at this de-churching phenomenon that is transforming the religious landscape of the west. They look at who are de-churching, and what reasons are being given by those who used to regularly attend and participate in church life, but no longer do.

    This is the first episode in our series on “De-Churching”. Our goal is to help you understand what is happening in the church, how Christians should respond, and what we should expect to see happen for this trend to be reversed.

    📖 Resources mentioned in this episode:
    “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Religiosity of Canadians”, Stats CanadaThe Great DeChurching, by Jim Davis, Michael Graham, With Ryan P. Burge“Most Teenagers Drop Out of Church When They Become Young Adults”, LifeWay Research“10 Reasons Church Attendance Is Declining (Even for Committed Christians”, by Carey Nieuwhof“New American Bible Society Study: Gen Z Exhibits Significant Openness to Scripture”, American Bible Society“Study: Gen Z Wants to Know More About Jesus”, Christianity Today⭐  Get access to “So Much More Than Sex” — a video-based Bible Study Series for young adults that is focused on rediscovering God’s eternal purpose for human sexuality.
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